Dr Xinfang Wang PhD

Dr Xinfang Wang

School of Chemical Engineering
Research Fellow

Contact details

Centre for Sustainable Cooling
Birmingham Energy Institute
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Xinfang Wang is a senior interdisciplinary researcher at the Centre for Sustainable Cooling, Birmingham Energy Institute. Xinfang has a strong background in whole systems research, energy policy, economics and social practices on energy resilience, sustainable cooling and cold chains. Her research covers both developed and developing countries including Rwanda, Kenya, India, Bangladesh, Mexico, Nepal and China.

Xinfang is the Researcher co-Investigator for UKRI GCRF/Newton Fund project “Fast-track vaccine cold-chain assessment and design for mass scale COVID-19 vaccination in Bangladesh (VaCoBD)” and DEFRA funded “The African Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold-chain (ACES)”. She is also a UKERC Research Committee member and was co-I on the UKERC funded “Predicting the uptake of air conditioning in UK households to 2050” project.


  • PhD in Sustainable Consumption 2017
  • MSc (Distinction) in Finance and Economics 2011
  • BSc (First Class equivalent) in Economics 2010
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) affiliate since 2010


UNSW SPREE 201906-05 Xinfang Wang - Energy resilience in developed and developing countries

Xinfang has a background in energy, economics, policy and whole systems research. She completed her PhD entitled ‘Understanding the drivers behind high energy consumption within UK households: an interdisciplinary approach’ at the Tyndall Centre and Sustainable Consumption Institute in the University of Manchester before joining the University of Birmingham. She applied an interdisciplinary approach including social practices and cluster analysis to understand energy use in homes during her PhD.

Since Xinfang joining the University of Birmingham as a Research Fellow, she has worked on a list of projects on energy and cooling including:

  • African Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold-chain (ACES) [Defra funded]
  • Fast-track vaccine cold-chain assessment and design for mass scale COVID-19 vaccination in Bangladesh (VaCoBD)[GCRF/Newton Fund]
  • Rapid Assessment of Vaccine Cold-chain – India [Shakti Foundation fund]
  • Rapid Assessment Methodology for Vaccine Cold-chain (VCC) for Mass Immunisation – Rwanda [Hariot-Watt University fund]
  • EnergyRev [UKRI Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund]
  • Realising Energy Storage Technologies in Low-carbon Energy Systems (RESTLESS) [EPSRC fund]
  • Generation Integrated Energy Storage (GIES) [EPSRC fund]
  • Energy Storage Prioritisation in Mexico [Newton Fund]
  • Assessing the innovation process for energy storage [EPSRC SUPERGEN Energy Storage Hub fund]
  • Predicting the uptake of air conditioning in UK households to 2050 [UKERC fund]
  • Developing Cryogenic Energy Storage at Refrigerated Warehouses as an Interactive Hub to Integrate Renewable Energy in Industrial Food Refrigeration and to Enhance PowerGrid Sustainability (CryoHub) [Horizon 2020 fund]
  • Long-term institutional change in the wake of crisis: Understanding implications for energy-system resilience in Nepal [University of Birmingham Institute for Global Innovation fund]
  • Resilient Cities [University of Birmingham Institute for Global Innovation fund]

Xinfang has experience working with policymakers, charities, business and industrial leaders, as well as academics internationally. Xinfang works with UNEP U4E in Africa on clean cooling and cold chains. She was an invited speaker at a round-table discussion with UK Science Minister and was interviewed by BEIS explaining the importance of women working in science and engineering. She has also co-authored on response to UK parliament call for evidence on “Leaving the EU: Implications for UK climate policy”.

Xinfang has been a guest lecturer and postgraduate project supervisor at the School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham. During her PhD, Xinfang also led a four-month research project, working with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) to explore why some people use much more energy at home than others despite their relative low income. She was also Faculty of Science and Engineering fellow of the Manchester Access Programme (MAP) and delivered guest lectures on Climate Change and Natural Disasters to Year 13 students at the MAP summer school. She has taught and helped with a variety of courses at the University of Manchester including Renewable Energy and Clean Technology, Project Management, Research Methods and Matlab for the School of Engineering; Manchester Sustainable City Project for Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Sustainable and Ethical Business Enterprise for Manchester Business School; and Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Business Economics for School of Social Sciences.

Postgraduate supervision

  • 2019 Co-supervised MSc project Investigating the ability of a city or regional authority to deploy new energy technologies, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham
  • 2018 Co-supervised MSc project Comparing battery and fuel cell electric vehicles for providing distributed energy storage, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham


Research interests

Xinfang’s broad-ranging research interests include energy, clean cooling and cold chains across building, agriculture, food, health and transport sectors, especially focusing on whole systems, policy, technology innovation, business model, and Sustainable Development Goals.

Current projects

  • Fast-track vaccine cold-chain assessment and design for mass scale COVID-19 vaccination in Bangladesh (VaCoBD)[Researcher co-Investigator]
  • African Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold-chain (ACES) [Researcher co-Investigator]


Wang, X., Larkin, A., Abi Ghanem, D., McLachlan, C. (accepted). How the term 'home' influences energy-consuming practices in domestic buildings. Energy Efficiency.

Meng, M., Shang, W., Wang, X., Pang, T. (2020). When Will China Fulfill Its Carbon-related Intended Nationally Determined Contributions? An In-depth Environmental Kuznets Curve Analysis. Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology.

Wang, X., Meng, M. (2019). Understanding high-emitting households in the UK through a cluster analysis. Frontiers in Energy.

Meng, M., Wu, S., Zhou, J., Wang, X. (2019). What is currently driving the growth of China’s household electricity consumption? A clustering and decomposition analysis. Sustainability 11, 4648.

Meng, M., Fu, Y., Wang, X. (2018). Decoupling, decomposition and forecasting analysis of China's fossil energy consumption from industrial output. Journal of Cleaner Production 177: 752-759. 

Meng, M., Fu, Y., Shi, H., Wang, X. (2017). A small-sample adaptive hybrid model for annual electricity consumption forecasting. Mathematical Problems in Engineering 2017: 1-7.

Anderson, K., Larkin, A., McLachlan, C., Traut, M., Wang, X. (2016). Leaving the EU: Implications for UK climate policy. Submitted to UK Energy and Climate Change Committee by Tyndall Centre Manchester, the University of Manchester.

Nordhagen, S., Calverley, D., Foulds, C., O'Keefe, L., Wang, X. (2014) Climate change research and credibility: balancing tensions across professional, personal, and public domains, Climatic Change 125: 149-162.